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Documents Required for B1/B2 US Visa Interview

If you want to visit the United States temporarily for tourism, medical treatment, recreational study or business purposes, you may be eligible to apply for a B1/B2 visitor visa.

For more information about the visa, how to apply and B1/B2 visa documents checklist, contact us online. You can also reach out to our Lagos office at +23413438882 or our international office at +44 (0) 3316300929. We can offer you premium advice on how to go about the application and assist you on any other immigration pathway you choose.

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Overview of the B1/B2 US Tourist Visa

The B1/B2 US tourist visa is one of the nonimmigrant visas that permits Nigerians to visit the US temporarily for tourism or business purposes.

It is also the visa to apply for if you are coming to the United States for medical treatment, recreational study, or sports.

You must meet certain financial and eligibility requirements to get approval for your visa application.

This includes proving to the consulate officer that you intend to return to Nigeria at the expiration of your visa.

The B1/B2 visa can allow you to stay in the US for 6 months at a stretch and can be extended.

As from March 1, 2023, visitor visas for Nigerians can be valid for up to 5 years.

Note that the B1/B2 visas are not valid for birth tourism in the United States.

B1/B2 Visa Requirements

To apply for a tourist visa, you must first meet certain requirements.

First, you have to prove to the consulate officer that you have genuine reasons for visiting the US. Some of the B1/B2 interview questions will revolve heavily around this.

You also have to prove that you intend to return to Nigeria and not make the US your permanent home.

You must also show you have enough money to cater for your expenses during your stay in the US.

Our experts ensure all your documents are complete, accurate, and well-organized.

Documents Needed for B2 Interview

Overview

When going for a B2 interview, there are some documents that you need to go with. They include:

Form Ds-160, Nonimmigrant Online Visa Application

This form is obtained from the website of the US Department of State. It is one of the most important documents you need for your interview. It takes about 90 minutes to complete and sign this form in one sitting.

Once you start completing the form, you have 30 days to finish and submit it. Upon submission, you are required to print the confirmation page with a barcode. This printout must accompany you to the interview.

Bank Statement(s)

Another critical document that you must present is your proof of funds. You have to show the consulate officer that you can fund your trip to the United States and back. You must also prove that you can cover your living expenses while on the trip.

There is no specific amount that is required to show. But it is recommended you have at least $266 for every day you plan on staying in the US.

Form I-134, Affidavit of Support from a US Friend or Relative

If you are not paying for the expense of your trip to the United States, then you need to file Form I-134. You have to show the consulate officer that a friend or relative is willing to sponsor your trip.

The relative must be a US citizen, permanent resident or an asylee. This person has to sign Form I-134, stating that they will cater to your expenses.

Proof You Will Return to Nigeria 

Since the B1/B2 visa is a nonimmigrant visa, you have to prove to the consulate officer that you will leave the US at the expiration of your visa. You can prove this by presenting an employment letter that shows you must return to work. An admission letter can be used to show that you have to get back to school.

You can also present a marriage or birth certificate showing you have family members in Nigeria that you must return to.

Proof of business, land and property ownership can also serve as strong ties to Nigeria.

ECOWAS Passport

You must also present a valid ECOWAS passport. It must be valid for up to 6 months after your visa expires.

Reason Why You Are Travelling to the US

You have to show the consulate officer why you are visiting the United States. You can show this by submitting any of the following:

  • Travel itinerary
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Flight tickets
  • Letter from the US-based doctor that will treat you
  • Invitation letter from a family member, conference convener or business partner.

You should also present the following:

  • The Receipt of visa application fee payment. The visa fee is $185.
  • A digital photograph, in case there was a challenge uploading it online.
  • A document showing your relative’s status.
  •  Police certificate if you have been convicted of any criminal offence.
  • Old ECOWAS passport showing travel history, if available.

Documents To Present at Port of Entry

Here are the documents to show at the US port of entry:

  • Your ECOWAS passport
  • Your supporting documents, especially your proof of funds
  • Form I-94. You can pay $6 and get this online to save time, or you can complete this form at the port of entry. It will be given to you by the Customs and Border Protection officer.

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How Can IAS Help?

Applying for a B1/B2 visa is a process that requires you to do proper documentation. And sometimes, this can be tedious. But IAS can help.

We have worked with many Nigerians who got their US tourist visas approved. Without breaking a sweat. We can also work with you to reduce the chance of a visa refusal.

Our expert immigration lawyers will evaluate your supporting documents to ensure they meet the standard required by the USCIS.

We have a team in Lagos full of experienced lawyers who can help you with your B1/B2 visa application or any other US visa application. For more information about our services, reach out to us online today. You can call us at  +23413438882  or +44 (0) 3316300929 today.

We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at our Lagos office, all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You cannot work in the US if you are on a tourist visa. You may do volunteer work provided you are not being paid a salary or wage.

Both the B1 and the B2 visas are tourist or visitor visas. However, there is a slight difference. The B1 visa is for business, while the B2 is for tourism or medical treatment.

You can extend your B2 visa, however, note that you must do so at least 42 days before your I-94 card expires. You must also add a letter why you are requesting an extension and pay $370.

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